It’s been a rough week here, so the blog has been largely silent as I try to work out some snarls (both literally and figuratively: right now I have unspun fiber and a sweater project vying with books and a temperamental cat on my desk). But Eva over at A Striped Armchair gave me a perfect excuse to step outside of my frustrations when she tagged me with a meme that originated with Kimbooktu (my first!):
Hardcover or paperback? Why? I actually like both, although I draw the line at mass markets and really, really cheaply made trade paperbacks. I think that overall I tend to prefer hardcover just because it gives me a sense that it will last longer, but my shelves are liberally adorned with both (and if they have rough-cut pages, even better, because I can also be a rather shallow person when it comes to the appearance of my books). I only wish that hardcovers were prettier without the dust jackets, as those tend to go the way of the recycling bin rather early on.
If I were to own a book shop I would call it… Unabridged. Bring on the loose baggy monsters!
My favourite quote from a book (name it) is… I don’t really have a favorite. Although I’ve long thought I should start recording some of my favorite passages a bit more rigorously.
The author (alive or deceased) I would love to have lunch with would be… I can’t choose just one but I have three possibilities: George Eliot, Leo Tolstoy, and Isaiah Berlin. Eliot and Tolstoy have such fascinating ideas regarding history and I have an intellectual crush on Berlin…
If I was going to a deserted island and could only bring one book, except from the SAS survival guide, it would be… I’m going to have to go with either War and Peace (and perhaps in Russian so it would take me a bit longer to read), or Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago (I’m going for length here). Although I recently acquired Vassily Grossman’s Life and Fate, so perhaps that one would win out. They’re all doorstoppers…
I would love someone to invent a bookish gadget that allowed me to automatically understand every foreign language so that I would be able to read any work in its original language.
The smell of an old book reminds me of… Doing research in the archives and the feel of history under my fingertips.
If I could be the lead character in a book (mention the title), it would be… Miss Marple from the Agatha Christie mysteries. I would love an excuse to let my inner nosy old woman out…and I’d get to incorporate knitting into my detecting, which is always a plus.
The most overestimated book of all time is… I don’t know if I can answer that, honestly. There are a number of books that others have loved that I just can’t get into, but c’est la vie.
I hate it when a book… looks beautiful and promising and then leaves me cold. I like my big fat novels to have some umph to them (and not just as potential missiles).
As far as tagging five people goes…I’ve seen this one around quite a bit, so I’m taking the easy route: anyone who is interested….you’re it!